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Elias Duran delivers inspirational speech at AVID conference

Richland High School 2018 graduate Elias Duran was the keynote speaker at the recent AVID Summer Institute in Seattle. Elias delivered his inspirational speech to an audience of 5,000 students, teachers, and administrators from throughout the northwest.

“Elias overcame a tremendous amount of adversity the last four years,” says Toree Markussen, RHS 12th grade AVID teacher. “He is a humble and forward thinking person. I am so proud of him.”

Elias is the first in his family to graduate from high school and will be the first to attend college. He begins his studies at Washington State University in August.

Watch Elias Duran's speech.

Image Title: Toree Markussen and Elias Duran
Toree Markussen and Elias Duran

Image Title: Elias and his family
Elias and his family

Image Title: Elias and Richland High staff
Elias and Richland High staff